Is it Always Worth Buying a Top-of-the-line Phone?

This year, Samsung launched its Galaxy 4S in several markets, including Brazil. From the comments that followed, this seems to be the new top of the line in the world of smartphones and everyone is excited about it. Even the latest Apple launch, the iPhone 5, was overshadowed by S4 based on new applications and advanced specifications. But why so much power in a cell phone? After all, the main use of these handsets has been access to social networking, instant communication and perhaps some games.

Is it Always Worth Buying a Top-of-the-line Phone?

Do not shy away from focus

As you read this article, do not forget that the primary use of a phone is to communicate, whether by SMS or by voice. However, due to the advancement of technology, accessibility and penetration of the internet, we can also include social media, mostly Facebook, Twitter (including chat) and emails as part of the basic uses that have become part of our daily lives. Other uses of a phone may include playing music and videos, taking pictures, calendar, clock, games, and radio.

An average smartphone, then, that has specifications that include, 3G, 2GB of storage, camera between 2-5 Megapixels, Bluetooth 2.0 or 2.1, 1GHz processor and a battery that can take you throughout the day more than enough to to meet these basic needs. And that’s where the extras from the top of the line come in.

The bonuses of the line tops

Besides running relatively better games, capturing great photos and displaying web pages in high resolution, face recognition, smart pause and some new functions more, the Galaxy S4 is just like any other Android phone.

Even the iPhone 5, which is a fierce competitor for the Galaxy S4, does not have a number of features that the average smartphone would not be able to do. What I’m saying is that you do not need to spend a bundle of money to buy one of these smart phones when you no longer need their superior features and specifications.

Now, we are talking about the product that was the most technologically advanced, the Galaxy S4, and latest smartphone in the market. We will use it as a point of reference to explain our point of view.

Big screen

The Galaxy S4 has a Super AMOLED 5-inch Full HD screen (1920 × 1080). This has an impressive 441 ppi (Pixels Per Inch) density, but over 80% of us will not notice the difference and do not even need the difference. This is strictly focused on who uses the device for media consumption.

Back camera

It comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera with flash and a high speed shooting mode and a 2 megapixel camera at the front, but a huge percentage of us only need a camera of about 3.5-5 Megapixels because this also produces a fantastic image and has incredible video that is all one can need. What matters right here will be the resolution of the camera, which in Galaxy S4 is 1920 x 1080 at 30 FPS in footage.


The S4 is available with two different processor types: the new Octa-Core 1.6GHz or a 1.9 GHz Quad-core Samsung Exynos 5 chips running on 2GB of RAM. Now, that is faster than some computers on the market. This function should only really be a differential for those who do graphic work with the device or enjoy games.

Use on a normal day

Honestly, on a typical day, the average smartphone user just talks to WhatsApp, visits Twitter and Facebook a few times and sends out a handful of emails, takes some photos over the weekend, then hears music in the taxi, work or return home after work. The 4S does all that, with plenty.


The Galaxy 4S also comes with 4G LTE, Dual-band 802.11abgn / ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4. This means that when it comes to connectivity and internet, speed is twice as fast. However, I think the 3G enabled smartphone medium with Bluetooth 2.1 could have enough speeds to take us through our daily activities such as chat, email and transfer music, video, pictures and other files from other smart phones.

Additional extras

Other notable new features Samsung added to the S4 are the universal remote control (we can still use our usual remotes), instant translation (you can still use your Google translator application), Smart Pause (you can always return some screens) , Sound & Shot, temperature and humidity sensors (download a weather application, a phone is not a weather station) and some other features.


Most notably the S4 also comes with a strong nominal Li-ion battery 2600 mAh. The smartphone has an average battery rating of between 1050 mAh and 1200 mAh leaving the S4 with more than double the energy of the average battery of handsets. Now, of course, all we need is a 2600mAh battery, but I think based on the many functions of the S4, that battery runs out pretty fast. In fact, the much stronger processor in this Samsung is also justified by the fact that so many functions are running simultaneously.

But is it worth buying a top-of-the-line phone?

Notice that we did exactly the same as many advertisements do: we exalt qualities, we speak of numbers and the great power. The difference was that we called attention, asking why you would use such functions?

I firmly believe that what we buy has something to do with the way we look in public. There is no doubt something about self-esteem related in which someone holds marks. I mean, all phones work the same, and every smartphone, whether from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, HTC, or any other smartphone category, has a generic set of specifications.

They can browse the internet, send emails, do multi-task and therefore are not structurally very different from each other, but we are comfortable spending 5-6 times when buying an Apple Smartphone. Because? Challenging the status quo. The majority of people will not buy the S4 , because they need a phone with these specs, but only as a status symbol. Some people will do everything they need to pick up one of these expensive phones. I do not often see a person holding an expensive phone but they can only use 5% of their capabilities.

Think about how you will use the device. Top-of-the-line phones lose value after a year when they launch. Even so, they remain among the best gadgets and take longer to change. Our tip is to buy the top-of-the-line phone after you leave the announcement of the model the following year. It is the best way to save money and for sure, you will be making a good deal.

But if you use your cell phone just to play Angry Birds, rethink well before investing almost $ 2,000 in a simple communication device.